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8175.0 - Counts of Australian Business Operators, 2011 to 2012 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/10/2013   
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This publication presents selected counts of Australian business operators as sourced from the 2012 Forms of Employment Survey and the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

The counts presented in this publication are not directly comparable with those presented in previous releases.


Refer to paragraphs 3-8 of the Explanatory Notes.


There have been some changes to this publication compared to the previous release.

Section One of the 2011-2012 Counts of Australian Business Operators (CABO) uses data on business operators from the 2012 Forms of Employment Survey (FOES). Since the previous release in 2008, the FOES was redeveloped to better capture information of independent contractors, other business operators and employees. Information was also collected of people who found their current job through a labour hire firm/employment agency.

The change has resulted in a break in series for business operators and other employees and users need to exercise caution when comparing data in the 2011 to 2012 publication with the previous release, as data about this population group have changed (See conceptual framework for more details).

A range of enhancements to the data have been made compared to the previous publication to maintain relevance of the publication. This includes the following variables:

  • Housing tenure type (House owned outright, being rented, owned with a mortgage, etc);
  • Whether living at same address as one year ago;
  • Whether living at same address as five years ago; and
  • Year of arrival in Australia - customised groups - speaks of familiarity with local (national) trading, cultural factors.


The ABS will assess the user demand of this publication prior to forming a decision on future releases.


The ABS welcomes feedback from users of these business operator counts to assist the ABS assess the relevance of this publication.

To provide feedback or for further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, e-mail <>.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

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